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Is solar power facing a dim future?
The Guardian
Chinese competition and high-profile collapses mean investment in solar is shrinking even if solar use is growing. But there's better news for solar financing and software companies.
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At the cutting edge of environmentally advanced cooling
By Andrew Gaved
RAC Magazine's recent Cooling Industry Awards once again provided refrigeration and air conditioning suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their environmentally advanced innovations. We have realized over the years that each annual crop of entries provides a snapshot of best practices in the sector, largely focused on the U.K., but increasingly throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Furthermore, studying the range of award winners often reveals particular themes as the industry responds to the various challenges of legislation, energy and carbon reduction, and customer expectations.
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High-performance glazings: Windows of opportunity
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Windows cost building owners billions of dollars per year in energy, maintenance, and repair. But you should look at your glazing with a glass half full mentality. "Windows have the technical potential to be net energy suppliers to virtually all buildings in all climates," says Stephen Selkowitz, group leader of the windows and envelope materials group in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Derpartment of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "But that requires matching the right technology with the right design." Consider the following factors to make sure your windows are working for you.
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Renewable energy: Sizing up solar PV
Today's Facility Manager
Renewable energy can be a powerful way for organizations to lower energy costs significantly and reduce their carbon footprint. Solar power is among the most commonly tapped renewable energy sources — and its benefits are among the most well documented. However, before taking the solar power plunge, facility managers should consider a number of factors related to solar photovoltaic technology. These include its potential impact as well as what's needed for the technology itself and financing options, among other items.
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New efficiency standards for furnace fans
BUILDINGS
The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed new energy efficiency standards that would address a source of major energy loss that may be lurking in your basement, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Gulf Coast beckons wind farms when West Texas gusts fade
Bloomberg
Fickle West Texas breezes are pushing wind power generators to the state's 367-mile coast. Texas pulled ahead last decade in the U.S. race to develop wind power thanks to the hardy gusts sweeping across its vast prairies and energy-friendly landowners. Now it's seizing the lead in building turbines along its shoreline as developers find the slower but steadier air currents there translate to bigger profits.
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